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during presidential campaigns. and today president obama did his part by hitting an independent bookstore in virginia. the truth is though, small businesses need a lot more attention than just one day a year. but on this day, the mom and pop stores will get all the attention they can get. cbs 5 reporter don knapp has more on the big small saturday, don? >> reporter: yeah, you know in the big stores offer the spectacular discounts or allegedly spectacular discounts, small businesses feel like they're just outcompeted. they say they have to offer their customers something else. for them, it isn't all about the discount. between black friday, which the year got a head start with thanksgiving thursday sales and before cyber monday comes still another campaign to get customers into stores. small business saturday. why? >> it means a lot because these days we get lost in the shuffle to some degree especially with the online presence and so on. >> reporter: generally small businesses can't compete with big discounts. peter says there are other good reasons to shop at a small business.
election of 2012. well. that means 29 more electoral volts -- votes for president barack obama. it was a razor thin margin. out of about 4.4 million votes cast the difference was just 74,000 votes. and that's less than 1 percentage point and it brings the president to 332 electoral votes to romney's 206. >>> the scandal that brought down cia director david petraeus allegedly started with harassing e-mails sent by his biographer and mistress paula broadwell to another woman. an official said the fbi investigated the e-mails and uncovered the relationship. they were concerned petraeus' computer was compromised. the observers say he resigned because he believed this was the right thing to do. >> i think there was probably a calculus on the part of the director's you know math here to say this will come out, some way, some time. not a time under my control and i've got thousands of employees who i hold to one standard and when it does come out they're going to say, why isn't this the standard the office was held to? >> members of the house intelligence committee say they'll meet with the fbi
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